Did the And1 mix-tape era ruin some players?
A few minutes ago I just got done speaking with a young player overseas and he shared with me he was online looking for good 1on1 moves to practice and only kept getting highlight video’s of the and1 mix-tape tour.
His response to me was this: “These aren’t legal are they”? “They seem ridiculous”
I had to laugh because they are ridiculous but also very entertaining. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch guys with cool nicknames throwing it off each other’s faces then off the backboard for a reverse dunk?
But speaking to him made me think of the possible influence it may have had on many young ball players looking for an identity, looking for something to hold on to and believe in, looking for guidance. The appeal of And1 can be addicting, all the flare and excitement can make you want to play like that.
For those of us who are veterans of the game, we know this to be what it is, an entertaining lie. But the question is, what did the young players think of it as? Reality?
You betcha! I can speak from first hand experience on this one, I grew up at the height of the And1 mix-tape and had several teammates (both high school and AAU) train and do drills straight from the And1 mix tape tours. They truly thought this was the best way to invest their time and energy. So yes, they could do really high cross-overs and fancy behind the back spin moves or even pretend to fake you out by thinking they threw the ball behind your back, looked awesome without any defense.
The harsh reality was that these moves won’t and can never be effective in a real live game with decent defenders. First off, 98% of the moves are illegal and second off they always led to a turnover.
The point is this, don’t be fooled by the glitz and glamor of our game and don’t try to be like anyone else. Seek out knowledge from knowledgeable sources and they will tell you what I have always told you, fundamentals and skill development are still king on the hardwood.
Who here has failed trying to complete a move they couldn’t do for the sake of showing off? I know I have and it seems like trying and failing is the best medicine for not trying it again? What do you think?
Enjoy the weekend everyone!